England brought the curtain down on another ultimately successful World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory in Lithuania.
The Three Lions had already secured their place at next summer’s finals with a game to spare last week, when Harry Kane’s late goal won their game with Slovenia at Wembley.
- FIFA World Cup qualifier
- Sunday 8 October
- Vilnius, Lithuania
- Live on BT Sport
And it was the Tottenham Hotspur hitman, wearing the captain’s armband, who proved decisive again and ensure Gareth Southgate’s men finished their group campaign on a high.
As expected, England showcased a new formation, with Michael Keane and debutant Harry Maguire flanking John Stones in defence with Kieran Trippier and Aaron Cresswell both making their full debuts either side of the three-man rearguard.
Added into that was an impressive display from another debutant in Harry Winks, who provided energy and mobility to the midfield with Southgate looking to examine all of his options ahead of next summer.
And it was Maguire who should have given England the lead when he got on the end of Trippier’s cross from the left but guided his close-range header wide.
At the other end, Lithuania’s best chance of the half came when the hosts took advantage of a slip from Michael Keane to break but Darvydas Sernas was off-target as his shot drifted the wrong side of the post.